Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse
Anaheim General Hospital
5742 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90621-2043
When your busy schedule allows you less time to devote to the ones you love, it can be difficult to continue adequately taking care of a relative who has special needs and requires extra care.
Many times, we have to rely on the help and services of nursing homes and assisted living facilities to give the love and care that we aren't able to provide.
Too often, however, nursing home employees neglect residents by providing inadequate care, abusing residents physically or emotionally, and overlooking important medical needs.
We need to take a stand against nursing home employees who neglect and abuse residents. A nursing facility in Buena Park has had repeat and saddening violations that have caused medicine and food neglect among other dangerous violations.
Anaheim General Hospital in Buena Park's violations include:
- At least once a month, have a licensed pharmacist check the drugs that each resident takes.
- Develop a complete care plan that meets all of a resident's needs, with timetables and actions that can be measured.
- Give each resident care and services to get or keep the highest quality of life possible.
- Give professional services that follow each resident's written care plan.
- Have a program to keep infection from spreading.
- Make a complete assessment that covers all questions for areas that are listed in official regulations.
- Make sure that each resident who enters the nursing home without a catheter is not given a catheter, unless it is necessary.
- Make sure that residents with reduced range of motion get proper treatment and services to increase range of motion.
- Make sure that the nursing home area is free of dangers that cause accidents.
- Make sure that the nursing home area is safe, easy to use, clean and comfortable.
- Provide care in a way that keeps or builds each resident's dignity and self respect.
- Provide services to meet the needs and preferences of each resident.
- Store, cook, and give out food in a safe and clean way.
- Train all employees on what to do in an emergency.
This information was based off data reported by CMS as of 7/29/10. Citations are issued by the Department of Health Services (DHS) during the annual certification visit.
Citations come in several classes depending on their severity. The state average is a little less than one per facility per year, but ideally, a facility should not have any citations.
- Class AA: The most serious violation, AA citations are issued when a resident death has occurred in such a way that it has been directly and officially attributed to the responsibility of the facility, and carry fines of $25,000 to $100,000.
- Class A: Class A citations are issued when violations present imminent danger to patients or the substantial probability of death or serious harm, and carry fines from $2,000 to $20,000.
- Class B: Class B citations carry fines from $100 to $1000 and are issued for violations which have a direct or immediate relationship to health, safety, or security, but do not qualify as A or AA citations.
This information should not be used as the sole measure of quality of care in a nursing home. It is important to visit potential facilities and evaluate it yourself.
ANAHEIM GENERAL HOSPITAL is not the only nursing home with violations. Orange County, California has one of the worst abuse rates for nursing homes in California making up over 8.4% of all violations state-wide. These outrageous statistics can be stopped with your support. If you or someone you know has been affected, you can get the help you need which can help push the nursing home industry in the right direction.
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The videos above are examples of nursing home abuse, which can be sectioned as either neglect or intentional harm. The types of intentional harm in nursing homes include sexual assaults, physical abuse, emotional and verbal abuse, and even financial abuse. Neglect in Nursing home facilities can include violating the needs of patients with adequate food, medicine, medical equipment, and proper accommodations.
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